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Daniel Murphy heading for MRI
by Chris Cwik |

Mets infielder Daniel Murphy is heading for an MRI, according to ESPN.

Murphy is dealing with a calf injury, and hasn't progressed as much as the team initially anticipated. He'll be further evaluated Thursday. Murphy is hitting .301/.343/.424 over 528 at-bats. 

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Eric Hosmer could start rehab assignment soon
by Chris Cwik |

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer could begin playing rehab games soon, according to FoxSports.

Hosmer was able to take batting practice Thursday. There's a chance he could begin a rehab assignment as soon as this weekend. Hosmer has been sidelined since July 31 with a hand issue. 

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Michael Mariot moved to 60-day disabled list
by Chris Cwik |

Royals pitcher Michael Mariot has been placed on the 60-day disabled list Thursday.

Mariot was in the minors, but was called up and placed on the DL. The move was made in order to free up a spot on the team's 40-man roster. 

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Drew Smyly on innings limit
by Chris Cwik |

Rays pitcher Drew Smyly will be held to about 150 innings this season, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Joe Maddon said Smyly would likely be held between 150 innings and 160 innings. Smyly has already reached his career-high in innings, and currently sits at 141 1/3 on the year. Smyly has put up strong numbers, posting a 3.31 ERA, but he's never thrown more than 117 innings over a full season. 

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Athletics swap Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir
by Chris Cwik |

The Athletics have swapped Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir for the upcoming series with the Angels, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Samardzija will now move up a day and pitch Saturday. Kazmir will be pushed back to Sunday. Both players will take on the Angels. It's unclear if Kazmir was moved in order to give him more rest following a poor start, or if the team just wanted to adjust the pitching matchups based on who the Angels were throwing. 

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Daisuke Matsuzaka activated Thursday
by Chris Cwik |

Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has been activated from the disabled list, according to ESPN.

Matsuzaka has been sidelined since July 24 due to an elbow injury. He's been able to get through his rehab starts and is ready to return. Matsuzaka will take Vic Black's spot on the active roster.

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Vic Black lands on disabled list
by Chris Cwik |

Mets pitcher Vic Black was placed on the disabled list Thursday.

Black received an injection in his neck in order to treat bone spurs. He'll need some time to recover following the injection. Black posted a 2.20 ERA over 32 2/3 innings. 

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Alex Rios sitting due to thumb
by Chris Cwik |

Rangers outfielder Alex Rios was not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Astros, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Rios will miss the game due to a thumb injury. Rios indicated he wanted to play, but manager Ron Washington thought it was for the best to hold him out. Washington expects Rios to start Friday. 

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Rusney Castillo might start playing minor-league games soon
by Chris Cwik |

Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo might start playing minor-league games this weekend, according to the Boston Globe

Castillo signed with the club recently, and has already obtained his work visa. He arrived at team headquarters in Florida Wednesday to begin workouts. 

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Dodgers send minor-league pitcher to Phillies
by Chris Towers |

The Dodgers sent pitcher Victor Arano to the Phillies Thursday to complete their earlier acquisition of Roberto Hernandez, the team announced.

Arano has spent the season pitching at Class A Great Lakes for the Dodgers, where he has a 4.08 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 86 innings of work.  

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